Mykola Ridnyi (Kharkiv, Ukraine, 1985) lives and works in Kyiv. Mykola Ridnyi is an artist, filmmaker and curator. Ridnyi works across media ranging from early collective actions in public space to the amalgam of site-specific installations and sculpture, photography and moving image which constitute the current focus of his practice. In recent films he experiments with nonlinear montage, collage of documentary and fiction. His way of reflection social and political reality draws on the contrast between fragility and resilience of individual stories and collective histories.
Mykola Ridnyi graduated in 2008 from the National Academy of design and arts in Kharkiv. Since 2005, he has been a founding member of the SOSka group, an art collective based in Kharkiv. From 2005 till 2012 he curated SOSka gallery-lab, an artist-run-space in Kharkiv. Since 2017 Ridnyi is co-editor of Prostory – online magazine about visual art, literature and society. His works have been shown in exhibitions and film festivals including Transmediale at HKW in Berlin (2019), 35-th Kassel documentary film festival (2018), The Image of War at Bonniers konsthall in Stockholm (2017), Photography Today: Distant Realities at Pinakotek der Moderne in Munich (2016), All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale for contemporary art (2015), The School of Kyiv– Kyiv biennale (2015) and others. His works are in the public collections of Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Museum of modern art in Warsaw, Ludwig Museum in Budapest, V-A-C foundation in Moscow and others.